September issue no. 237
April/May 2015 issue no. 250


On Sale: March 17, 2015
Subscribers should receive this issue by March 9.

On the Cover:
Design a classic kitchen

HOUSES 2015:
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Articles
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A KITCHEN BUILT ON TRADITION
by Rafe Churchill
Modernizing through the use of historical details

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REMOVE ONE WALL AND JOIN TWO ROOMS
by Mike Guertin
Hanging the ceiling joists from an engineered beam is the fast, simple way to replace a bearing wall

44
THE FACTS ABOUT CEILING FANS
by Patrick McCombe
Choose a good-looking, energy-efficient fan, and use it correctly

48
THE CARPENTER'S HOUSE
by Pete Mollica
This smart Craftsman-style home was built with a keen eye for detail and energy efficiency

Web Extra: Extended Gallery

53
BREAKING THE THERMAL BRIDGE
by Stephen Bonfiglioli
This R-30 wall is inexpensive and easy to build

59
PROJECT HOUSE: REPLACING A BASEMENT WINDOW
by Mike Guertin
How to swap out those corroded cast-in-place windows with new, more efficient units.

Video Extra: Replacing a Basement Window

62
A PRIVACY FENCE WITH APPEAL
by Michael Crow
A little extra effort gives this fence character

66
TOOL TEST: 18v CORDLESS CIRCULAR SAWS
by Doug Mahoney
Modern cordless saws cut fast and run for a long time
Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2730-22 Circular Saw
DeWalt DCS391M1 Circular Saw
Bosch CCS180 Circular Saw
Hitachi C18DSLP4 Circular Saw
Makita XSS01 Circular Saw
Milwaukee M18 2630-22 Circular Saw
Porter-Cable PCC660B Circular Saw
Ridgid X4 R8651B Circular Saw

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MASTER CARPENTER: PVC ROOF TRIM
by John Spier
A coastal builder’s technique for durable and weathertight fascias and soffits is based on years of experience with plastic

Video Extra: How to Install Exterior PVC Trim

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Departments

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CONTRIBUTORS

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LETTERS
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HOW IT WORKS
Circular sawblades

20
TIPS & TECHNIQUES
A Tuned-Up Sander
Going Where Foam Has Never Gone
Replacing a Hammer's Magnet
Stacks of 5-Gallon Buckets
Removing Ceiling Tiles

22
TOOLS & MATERIALS
Milwaukee M18 Fuel Hole Hawg Cordless Right-Angle Drill
Sioux Chief Tile-In Drain
ZipWall ZipFast Dust Barrier Panels
Panasonic WhisperControl Condensation Sensor Plus

30
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Measuring Tools

38
PROJECT GALLERY
A Fine Farewell

Project Gallery: View or post your own projects here

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Q&A
How do I make a shelf strong without making it too thick?
How much water can OSB take?
What’s the best way to fix a crack in a foundation wall?

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ENERGY-SMART DETAILS
Insulating a Low-Slope Shed Roof

86
BUILDING SKILLS
Brush-Painting a Steel Door

Slideshow Extra: Tips and Techniques for Painting, Staining, and Finishing

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DRAWING BOARD
Making Shed Dormers Work

92
TAILGATE
Molly Jones McCabe: Tribal-Housing Advocate

Web Extra: Extended interview

96
FINISHING TOUCH
A Loo Fit for Doctor Who: Steampunk Bathroom

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